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Forum staff reports, Published April 06 2013

Hooligans earn 15th outstanding unit honor

FARGO – The “Happy Hooligans” of the North Dakota Air National Guard were honored Saturday with the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

It is the 15th time the 119th Wing has earned the award.

Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota’s adjutant general, added a streamer to the Air Guard’s guidon during the ceremony. Airmen in the unit also receive a ribbon to wear on their dress uniforms, and the designation will be added to the unit’s C-21 Lear jets. Sprynczynatyk praised the unit’s performance in protecting U.S. bases here and abroad, and their nearly quarter-million accident-free flight hours.

More than 100 of the unit’s airmen served overseas between Oct. 1, 2010, and Sept. 30, 2012.

Among them, airmen with the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal team helped capture 19 highly-sought individuals and took part in 162 combat missions in Afghanistan. The team also helped train Afghan National Security Forces on countering roadside bombs.

About 30 members of the 119th Security Forces Squadron are in Afghan-istan now.